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Collaborative Research: Antarctic Automatic Weather Station Program 2013-2017
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The Antarctic Automatic Weather Station (AAWS) network, first commenced in 1978, is the most extensive ground meteorological network in the Antarctic, approaching its 30th year at several of its installations. Its prime focus as a long term observational record is to measure the near surface weather and climatology of the Antarctic atmosphere. AWS sites measure air-temperature, pressure, wind speed and direction at a nominal surface height of 3m. Other parameters such as relative humidity and snow accumulation may also be measured. Observational data from the AWS are collected via the DCS Argos system aboard either NOAA or MetOp polar orbiting satellites and thus made available in near real time to operational and synoptic weather forecasters.

The surface observations from the AAWS network are important records for recent climate change and meteorological processes. The surface observations from the AAWS network are also used operationally, and in the planning of field work. The surface observations from the AAWS network have been used to check on satellite and remote sensing observations.
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Lazzara, Matthew Investigator
Cassano, John Investigator
Costanza, Carol Investigator
Unknown Program Award # 1245663
Antarctic Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Award # 1245737
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USAP-DC SUMO unmanned aerial system (UAS) atmospheric data exist
  1. Wille, J. D., Bromwich, D. H., Cassano, J. J., Nigro, M. A., Mateling, M. E., & Lazzara, M. A. (2017). Evaluation of the AMPS Boundary Layer Simulations on the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, with Unmanned Aircraft Observations. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 56(8), 2239–2258. (doi:10.1175/jamc-d-16-0339.1)